Trump to seek venue change in Georgia case

 September 8, 2023

Donald Trump's lawyers signaled they will attempt to move his 2020 election trial in Georgia to federal court.

“President Trump hereby notifies the Court that he may seek removal of his prosecution to federal court,” Trump's lawyer wrote in a court filing. “To be timely, his notice of removal must be filed within 30-days of his arraignment.”

If granted, the move could modestly lower the odds that Trump will face a hostile jury - and Democrats would be unable to televise the show trial, as cameras are not allowed in federal court.

Trump's next move in Georgia

A judge in New York previously rejected a similar request from Trump for a venue change in his trial for "hush money" payments to Stormy Daniels.

Trump's lawyers had argued the case belongs in federal court because the alleged criminal conduct - covering up reimbursement payments to Michael Cohen - happened while Trump was president.

They also argued it was inappropriate for a local prosecutor - in this case, the Soros-funded Alvin Bragg - to pursue charges under state law, since the case pertains to a federal election.

It's likely Trump would make similar claims in Georgia, where - again - an overzealous local prosecutor is pursuing an ambitious criminal case against a former federal officer and now-presidential candidate.

Under Georgia racketeering laws, Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis accuses Trump and numerous "co-conspirators," including his lawyers, of a "criminal enterprise" to overturn Biden's razor-thin victory in 2020.

Show trial....

Biden carried Fulton County, where the case is being tried, in a landslide. Moving the case to federal court could broaden the jury pool.

Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows, former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark and three so-called "fake electors" have already asked to be tried in Georgia federal court.

Meadows' request was shot down by a judge on Friday. 

Trump has blasted the whole proceeding as a witch hunt - and further evidence of his claim emerged Friday in the form of a shocking report from a special grand jury impaneled by Willis.

The report showed that the grand jury wanted to bring charges against three Republican allies of Trump in the United States Senate, one of whom is still serving, Lindsey Graham (Sc.). David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, former senators from Georgia, lost re-election in 2020.

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